A fabulous example of the extraordinary work that could be done by Julius Vom Hofe on a custom order basis. This reel is markedly narrow between the plates, features an aluminum spool to reduce weight, and is highly decorated throughout. The rosette screws are typical on many Julius Vom Hofe bait casting reels and salmon reels but are rarely found on his trout reels. Some collectors have speculated that they are not entirely ornamental but that they may help alleviate some of the stress on the fragile rubber side plates. Size 3. 2 3/8 x 3/4. 4 oz. ca. 1900.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing Collection
Gift of The Orvis Company